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Would you like to watch the first presidential debate collectively with your SCC community?

Watch the first 2016 presidential debate - screenshot of Youtube page

The SCC Library will provide a space for watching the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, in the library instruction classroom behind the Research Help Desk, located on the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.

The debate begins at 6:00 pm. A livestream of the debate will be shown using the classroom’s projector.

Students staff, faculty and administrators are all warmly invited.

Welcome to research season! Whether you’ve got an in-class presentation, a paper or some other project, here are some tips for how to go about finding the info you need.

1. Visit the Research Help Desk

Librarian helping two students

Librarians love your research. We enjoy helping you discover resources for getting further in your project and helping you think through what kinds of information might help. There’s always at least one librarian at the desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Give us a try!

2. Take a Library Workshop

We offer 50-minute introductions to library resources throughout the semester. You’ll get hand-on practice using OneSearch and ideas for how best to approach finding information on a given topic. Has your instructor offered extra credit for attending one? Come to the Research Help desk (or call 916-558-2461) and reserve your spot.

3. Take PILOT

PILOTPILOT is our online tutorial that guides you through everything from forming a topic to searching the databases to citing your sources!

4. Use Ask A Librarian

Ask a LibrarianYou’ll find our Ask a Librarian icon on our website, in OneSearch and some other databases, and in D2L. If it says “live chat”, that means a librarian is standing by available for text chat. If it says “leave a message,” click to find a page where you can explain what you need and a librarian will reply quickly.

5. Make a Research Appointment

For those who know some of the basics and want a little more focus, we offer 30-minute appointments. Let us know what you’re working on in advance and we’ll spend some time helping you find great info for your research project.


Those are just the top 5—as you spend more time with the library, in person or online, you’ll discover many more.

Remember: successful students use their college library!

Films on Demand is now available to all Los Rios students and faculty! This database provides over 20,000 videos that can be streamed in full or clip-by-clip. You’ll find the link you need on the Research Databases page.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand features videos from many top producers of educational video content, including PBS, the BBC, NOVA, and Frontline.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years WikiSecretsJazz: A Film by Ken Burns

You’ll also find Films on Demand titles while using OneSearch; however, what is listed in OneSearch may be slightly out of date, so for the best selection we recommend going directly to the Films on Demand website and searching there.

We expect that one of the primary ways Films on Demand will be used is instructors assigning films or clips in classes. You’ll be able to do so by posting links to the program, using the Record URL found on the program’s page (not the search results page).

Record URL on detailed record page

Even easier, in D2L and Canvas you can insert clips into your courses without leaving your course shell. More info will be coming on that score from Distance Ed and Instructional Development. For now, take a look at the vendor’s quick start guide, which has good info on creating a personal account to create folders you can share with students.

Looking to make some rapid progress in your research? Librarians now offer 30-minute appointments where you can get great tips on finding and using the best resources available for your particular topic.

If you have no experience at all using the library, you should start with a library workshop or our online tutorial, PILOT (especially modules 3 & 4). For going beyond the basics, give these appointments a try!

More info is available at our Research Appointments page.

Also remember:

  • Librarians are always available at the Research Help Desk—on-demand help, no appointment necessary
  • We’re also available via email, instant messaging and social media
  • Start your research early; you never know where it will take you
  • For writing help, contact the Writing Center

Tax season is upon us… A time when we find that we all could probably be managing our money better. Get some tips, and explore the larger issues, in the books currently on display on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
Books on display at the 2nd floor of the LRC

By the way, CRC will be hosting free drop-in tax preparation sessions for the next few Fridays. They do this every year! See details (PDF file).

Here are the books in our display:

Wondering what’s come in lately? Wonder no more. Our latest new books & DVDs list includes titles we received from November 2015 through the end of January. You can browse these by call number area or search by keyword. Click a title or book jacket to find its record in OneSearch and place a request. If you find a list of titles you like, click the email icon at the top to send yourself the list.

Asking for it : the alarming rise of rape culture--and what we can do about it by Kate Harding. The trouble with post-Blackness edited by Houston A. Baker and K. Merinda Simmons To the cloud : big data in a turbulent world / Vincent Mosco The republic of imagination : a life in books by Azar Nafisi The Peripheral by William Gibson Ida, a film by Paweł Pawlikowski

We post shorter lists of new books weekly, and new DVDs monthly. You’ll find those at the main New Books & DVDs page. You can get new books via email as well.

Guess the winners and you could win two movie passes! Entry forms available at the Academy Awards display on the 2nd floor of the LRC (look for the reels of film) and in the Instructional Media room on the first floor.
Film with dvds in the background

Did you know the library’s DVD collection has over 250 Oscar winners ready for checkout?

Study up on the nominees, and get your entry in before Oscar night (Feb. 28).

To be successful, you need to work with information. LIBR courses will help you succeed. This Spring we are offering the following courses:

Full Term

LIBR 325: Internet Research Skills (3 units)
This course is a full introduction to online information resources. Learn to use the tools you have available to their fullest extent.

First 8-week term

LIBR 318: Library Research and Information Literacy (1 unit)
Step-by-step help in understanding how to do college-level research.

Second 8-week term

LIBR 307: Medical Information Resources (.5 units)
If you are thinking about studying anything health-related, take this course.

Find more info in the Class Schedule, and also explore our Library & Information Technology program, which offers a Certificate and Associate’s degree.

Sacramento City College Faculty AuthorsOur current display features Sacramento City College faculty novelists, poets, playwrights and editors. Come browse the collection at your leisure; but don’t wait too long, since we’ll close for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 17.

Want to check something out for the break? Employees and continuing students can borrow items and not have to return them until Wednesday, January 20.

For a list of books in the display, see the list below.
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